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VIDEO: Rallye Sunseeker delights fans in Dorset
MOTORSPORT fans came from across Europe to enjoy the roaring engines of the annual Rallye Sunseeker.
Crowds turned out at Poole Quay to see a parade of the rally cars and the awards ceremony with the racing itself taking place in the countryside.
Following the opening ceremony on Friday night, the cars raced through tracks around Broom Hill near Wimborne, at Ringwood Forest and at Somerley Park all day on Saturday.
Then the winners were crowned at a Champagne ceremony on Poole Quay on Saturday afternoon.
The event was the climax of the 2013 Motor Sports Association British Rally Championship. Finnish driver Jukka Korhonen had 11 of his friends and family were staying at a hotel in Poole for three days.
His girlfriend Johanna Martikainen praised the facilities and the places chosen, saying it was great for fans as it was easy to get between the tracks.
“It’s very nice here to come here,” she added.
The event also included the finale of the Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship as well as the Rallye Sunseeker Challenge and Rallye Sunseeker National events.
Mike Garrett and Debbie Bazeley, from Bere Regis, often travel to see motorsport.
“You’ve got to make the most of what’s on in your local area and it’s nice that this is on your doorstep,” said Mike, 36.
“You get the chance to see old and new cars.”
Debbie , 41, added: “It’s good for the area as it brings in tourists at the end of the season.”
Poole Quay was closed to traffic for spells on Friday and Saturday for the events there.
Clive Henderson, 70, from Winterborne Whitechurch, was with his wife Christine at Somerley Park.
“There’s not enough of these sorts of things in Dorset,” he added.
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